Busman's Holiday: A Long Goodbye
Lewis and Addison Rogers are brothers who make pop-music together. When they do this, they go by the name Busman’s Holiday. Lewis plays guitar, and Addison plays his modest drum kit, complete with suitcase-bass-drum. Independently, the brothers have performed with artists such as Jens Lekman and Sleeping Bag. “A Long Goodbye”, the first proper album from Busman’s Holiday was recorded by Mark Lawson (Arcade Fire) and mixed by Drew Vandenberg (Toro Y Moi, Kishi Bashi). The band has been featured on WNYC’s Radiolab. RIYL: Kishi Bashi, Paul Simon, Randy Newman, Van Dyke Parks, music!
Hew Time: Hew Time
Hew Time is the all-drumming project from Dale Crover, Joe Plummer, and Coady Willis. You may know these dudes from their amazing other bands: Melvins, Modest Mouse, Big Business, The Black Heart Procession, The Shins, Murder City Devils, and... who are we forgetting... oh yes, Nirvana.
"I heard Max Roach's M'Boom 14 years ago and I've wanted to make my own version with drummers I love ever since. Dale, Coady and I carved out our own compositions built from a combination of drum kits and dozens of percussion instruments. I couldn't be prouder of the end result. Thank you for the inspiration Mr. Max Roach. It's Hew Time!" - Joe Plummer
Sisyphus is the new name for the collaboration between Serengeti, Son Lux, and Sufjan Stevens (formally s/s/s), whose new project under this moniker is a self-titled album partly inspired by the art of Jim Hodges, and commissioned by the Walker Art Center and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music series in Minneapolis/Saint Paul.
Liquid Music and the Walker Art Center will present a retrospective of Jim Hodge's work alongside a listening party of the new album in February, where fifty limited edition copies of the vinyl will be available for purchase.
Asthmatic Kitty Records and Joyful Noise Recordings will release the record more widely on March 18th, 2014.
Sufjan Stevens & Cat Martino: Take the Time
The limited edition flexi-disc single features the never before heard track “Take The Time” (& no, this is not a Christmas song?). Longtime friends Sufjan Stevens & Cat Martino have a tradition of contributing to each other’s music. A regular member of Sufjan’s touring band, Cat Martino has contributed to Sufjan’s Christmas EPs, “All Delighted People”, and “Age of Adz”. Likewise, Sufjan has often contributed to Cat’s “Yr Not Alone” album, and rumor has it that Sufjan will participate in Cat’s anticipated “Stranger Cat” project).
David Yow: Tonight You Look Like A Spider
“Tonight You Look Like A Spider” is the debut solo album from David Yow ? the legendary singer of The Jesus Lizard and Scratch Acid. This album is every bit as twisted and fucked-up as you’d expect from Mr. Yow. 49-minutes of nightmarish noise, created and recorded entirely by David Yow over the past decade. Originally released on vinyl-only, the CD version also includes the “Opening Suite” DVD ? a short film set to the albums opening track, collaboratively directed by Adam Harding (of Dumb Numbers), Tim Rutili (of Califone), Jared Varava, Todd Adam Phillips, & Jennifer (Jen) Lynch.
Hella: Santa's Little Hella
The November installment of the Joyful Noise 2013 Flexi Disc Series a new unreleased recording from Hella!
The limited edition flexi-disc single features a never before heard outtake from Hella’s 2007 album “There’s No 666 in Outer Space” (Ipecac Records). As Hella fans will probably remember, 2007 was an expansive period for the band in which they explored new sounds and branched out from the stripped-down guitar/drums duo. Though no less chaotic than early Hella, “Santa’s Little Hella” contains organs & electronics coupled with Zach Hill’s insane spastic drumming.
“Santa’s Little Hella” is limited to just 1000 copies on 7” Flexi-Disc. This exclusive track will not be released digitally or in any other format.
Jorma Whittaker: Jorma
Jorma Whittaker’s first solo release since his 2001 debut on Secretly Canadian. With the help of his backup band Heavy Hometown, the Marmoset front man has produced the most accomplished, soulful, and downright menacing album of his career.
Tim Kinsella: Tim Kinsella Sings The Songs of Marvin Tate By Leroy Bach Featuring Angel Olsen
Featuring an array of Chicago heavyweights, this limited edition release is not your average solo album. As the album title suggests, this is a uniquely collaborative effort from a diverse group of individuals: prolific poet Marvin Tate, multi-instrumentalist (& longtime Wilco member) LeRoy Bach, Angel Olsen (Jagjaguwar Records), and Tim Kinsella (the eccentric voice behind Joan of Arc, Cap'n Jazz, Owls, & Make Believe).
DMA: Pheel Phree
Formerly the man behind Jookabox, DMA (aka David Moose Adamson) began his career as a one-man-band in the grand old tradition of the 'one-man-band' (re: man with a bass-drum on his back and a monkey clapping symbols, collecting change from the crowd etc.). Growing away from the outright-spectacle that was Jookabox, DMA gives us a more meditative, and ultimately deeper sound, perhaps best enjoyed in a sensory deprivation chamber.
Son Lux: Lanterns
Meditative but heaving with energy, Son Lux’s third full-length weaves disparate elements into songs both strange and welcoming. On the heals of being named NPR’s “Best New Artist of the Year”, Son Lux has created an album that sits as comfortably next to the compositions of Stravinsky, John Adams, David Lang and Ben Frost, as it does to those of Jamie Lidell, Björk, Flying Lotus, and Radiohead.
Sebadoh: Defend Yourself
Sebadoh, the longtime project of Lou Barlow, Jason Loewenstein, and Bob D'Amico, has signed with Joyful Noise Recordings and willre-emerge with the full-length album Defend Yourself on September 17th. Defend Yourself marks a return to the self-recorded DIY ethos of early Sebadoh albums (Sebadoh III, Bakesale), and material from the Defend Yourself sessions has been hailed as commensurate with Sebadoh's finest moments.